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Trio of flag cases in figured maple and cherry

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Project by Konquest posted 1107 days ago 1328 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The “woodworking” portion of this project is done since all I have to do is add a hardboard backing and the customer is getting the glass. Anyway, this project gave me an opportunity to try a few new things, mainly in terms of finishing. All the customer wanted was 3 flag cases, and I felt that domestic wood was the only respectful choice, so I went to the local sawmill with a rough idea and left with 3 spectacular figured boards of birdseye and curly maple, as well as curly cherry. For the curly maple I soaked in BLO and wet sanded the oil into the wood with 600 grit wet or dry paper to really pop the figure. For the Birdseye maple I pre-raised the grain and applied a transtint dye for a golden brown hue, which also accentuated the curl and birdseye figure, especially under the oil-based topcoat. Finally, the cherry case received a wet-sanded soak in watco cherry tinted danish oil. After all these respective oils and colors dried, each case received a couple additional coats of wipe-on poly.

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David Grimes

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#1 posted 1107 days ago

Beautiful wood and finishes. I’m sure the customer will be pleased.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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woodbilder

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#2 posted 1107 days ago

Beautiful work. What do you mean by “customer?” Are you not donating the frames?

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Konquest

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#3 posted 1106 days ago

“Customer” is the person who ordered the flag displays. Am I not supposed to take money for building these? Please explain.

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Dustin

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#4 posted 1106 days ago

I don’t do anything in my shop for free and neither should you. These are simple yet extremely elegant. Very good choice of figured wood btw. I’m not sure why anyone would expect you to not charge for flag displays.

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Konquest

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#5 posted 1106 days ago

I am not a pro woodworker (actually I’m an English teacher), but I was kind of surprised that the second comment on this particular project seemed to insinuate that I should be making something for free that is going to hang on someone else’s wall. Huh?

BTW, love your work Dustin. I have some of your kitchens bookmarked for when I get the funds to do my own.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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rance

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#6 posted 1106 days ago

Very nicely done. Spectacular job in choosing your wood. I really like that you included the knot in the piece.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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